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January 2015 Newsletter

02-18-2015

Dear Friends:

Well, it has been a really long time since the last newsletter, I will try to fill you in on some of the happenings around The Homestead.  I'll start with the hardest part, which for me is the saying goodbye to people.

Bert Johnston passed away the 22nd of January following a brief illness.  He had moved to Our Island Home earlier this winter, after 10 years as a resident of The Homestead.  We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, especially his daughter Leslie, who took wonderful care of him and also became a huge part of our lives.  We will miss him so much, but are so thankful to have had the opportunity to know him for as long as we did.

Martha Bouton has recently moved to Our Island Home.  We had the good fortune to be able to enjoy the holidays with Martha, then she had some medical issues that required a brief hospitalization, and from there she was transferred to Our Island Home.  We will certainly miss Martha's gentle demeanor, her walking up Main Street on sunny days, and her great recipe ideas that we have all enjoyed, especially the pompadour pudding!

On the lighter side of things, we did enjoy the annual barbeque in September, followed up with a great holiday party in December.  The residents, their families, staff, and Directors celebrated with great music by The Shepcats at both parties, and lots of good food and drinks!  Good times spent with good people, what more can we ask for?

The Annual Appeal Campaign is currently underway.  It has been quite successful in helping us to raise monies for our building renovations and the many projects we wish to complete so our residents are comfortable and cozy in this beautiful historic home.

"Paint the Town Red" is an annual fundraising event held in March, to benefit The Homestead.  This year the date is scheduled for March 21st at 5:30PM at The American Legion Hall.  There will be a prime rib dinner, live auction with Bob Lehman, raffles, and a whole lot of fun!  Tickets are $30 and are available through any of the Directors, or at The Homestead.  If you haven't been, please stop by, it really is a fun evening.  We already have a number of great items for the auction, including 2 vacation stays- one in Nova Scotia and the other in Maine! 

Susan Duprix and Paul Connors have entertained is throughout the fall and holiday seasons with music and singing.  We started with many of the older songs that many of the residents grew up listening to, and then progressed into Christmas carols as we neared the holidays.  It was so nice of them to donate their time and skills to us, and the music and singing is so enjoyable for most of our residents, demonstrated by the fact that the room was full!

Neeltje's daughter Nona has been coming by to do manicures twice a month, and her older sister Esme joined her when she was home for the holidays.  The residents are really enjoying being pampered by the lovely young ladies, and I think they are enjoying their interactions with the residents as well!  It's so nice of them to share their time and our residents love new faces!  Cam Jones, our other high school visitor, has also been by a few times to meet with Bill Rowland, and actually record a video for his application process for attending a private school next year!  His mom, Helaina, has sent us the link to you tube, and everyone has enjoyed seeing Cam's work.  Bill Rowland is actually on the video, and does a great job of singing Cam's praises!  We wish Cam good luck, and hope he gets in to the school of his choice!

During the past few months, we have celebrated a few birthdays!  In September Gerry Mailloux celebrated his birthday on the 18th, Mary Zimmerman had her special day on October 3rd, while Ann Marie Jones celebrated her birthday on the 28th of October.  In November, Gloria Oliver had a birthday on the 12th; Denielea Abbey-Mooney celebrated her's on the 1st of December; and Laxmi Niraula had a birthday on January 15th.

Coming up in February, Bob Mooney celebrates his birthday on the 16th, then we are quiet until March.

We now have two vacancies, both on the first floor, and both with full baths.  Both rooms have been updated and are really nice spaces to enjoy.  Please keep us in mind if you know anyone looking for a room for a relative or a friend.  The rents are reasonable, the company is good, and the food is great!!!

Well, I think you are all caught up!  It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time flies, but here we  are nearing the end of January!  Pretty soon we will be looking for Cupid, and the good news is, we will have a little more daylight each day by which to search!

Take care,

Tish